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"My People" What It Means For Myself

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Art should reflect the times and place and people as well to where it's made. It also ought to show some of the personality of who made it in the choice of what is shown in the manner of the content of the work. And so I figure others may know me better than I know myself sometimes because I am discovering myself when I simply draw from my inner consciousness , it is then that I can in some manner transcend myself and my own conscious views into another choice of 'what is real' for me. This is how I see art as a very real therapeutic aid to bringing out my inner spirit and it's relationship to this earthly plain of living, and existence itself can often be interrupted when I draw with my free stream of consciousness. It is then that I draw what have become know as "my people" or with some " JT's people" which and whom show up in my work on a regular basis for my entire artistic career. It's wonderful to have the freedom to explore…

Downtown to Read at the Library I Saw....

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A day at the downtown local library was truly an eye opener. I went to look up the newest issue of American Artist magazine which I truly love but just don't have the warewithall to have a subscription. The stay at the table I was at was quiet and truly comfortable for my pursuing my magazine but upon finishing it I saw an unusual site at the tables beside me. Those men who were sitting had books open but were simply sitting still and quiet but they were also staring off into a far away wide open space. It was eerie and I took a long second look to see it in a perceptive manner as to not miss anything, then I got up and because I was done with my article I left the library. It was later on at home I picked up my pen and drawing tablet to render the image of what I had just experienced at the downtown library. How unique and eerie yet very moving in a manner that Potemkin was a moving film.
That is what I have posted as my drawing for this article. Life is what it i…

Faces for the Fun of It

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During the time between art shows I am buying a new home in Central Virginia southern section south of Charlottesville. It's a place that I lived in years and years ago almost very lost to my thoughts but not entirely, it is a new home. It is a home that can be said that it was an unexpected gift from living life on life's terms. I am not able to find my art equipment and pack for moving at the same time so I have turned to drawing. Drawing is very immediate and portable thereby it can be done with very little equipment and on the fly as it were, that is where my expression has let itself to show up lately. I have enjoyed playing with my imagination and the characters the lye within it, it is a group showing of 'my people' as my fans have put it in days past. These faces are simply exercises in examining various styles of features people's faces have and in as much they often don't seem to be sensible, but I never let that hold me back. The fun is o…